Artist, Designer, Creator

Category: acrylic

So I was inspired one early morning while brushing my teeth, to do a 12-canvas acrylic painting that sends a message that, to achieve anything at all, it takes effort and courage to just take the first step! After that, it’s all about faith and perseverance.

I’ve always wanted to film my art projects, but never got to do it. So this time when I actually did it, it took hours just to edit this 15 second trailer (15 seconds so it fits in instagram. @daphysal). Such a beginner. Those hours are not inclusive of the hours spent preparing the canvases and actually painting on them. Since I filmed everything myself, I had to constantly look back at the camera to check that I got all the footage I wanted. Often, the camera would stop recording and some processes didn’t get filmed.

Anyway, despite all the challenges (mainly because I’m a beginner at this video stuff), I’m really excited about this and praying that both the painting and the video will be good and entertaining! Estimating this to take about a month, as I will be out of town for a week. Super excited! Stay tuned!!

Acrylics on 50″ X 60″ Canvas
It took me a month to finally lay paint down on this canvas. I was inspired and had a rough idea of what I wanted to paint. When I looked at the large canvas, I felt a strong feeling that I needed to express. I never understood abstract art until I started splashing paint around. I felt like I had to do it this way. I wanted to feel and to understand.

It took a lot of patience for the first layer of paint to dry. The next day, I peeled out the face that it was supposed to be. After layers and layers of experimentation, I was finally satisfied with the shape and textures I gave it. Acrylics is really a fun medium to play with.

Being an “almost-perfectionist” inside, I needed the subject to be neat and clean, hence, the adding of the black outlines.

And Eve was born, of primary colors, the first adventure, and the beginning of many more. 😀 

The only way to know, is to try;
The only way to understand, is to analyze;
The only way to prove, is to show.
Now I can say I tried, I’m starting to understand, and here it is!
90 x 60cm Acrylic Painting of Nelson Mandela
“It always seems impossible until it’s done”
– Nelson Mandela -1918-2013 –
My first acrylic attempt, I had no experience, yet no doubts about finishing it, I didn’t really think too much about it, I just went ahead and did it. 
Done from 10.30pm – 5am on a Thursday night to Friday morning. Yes, only had 2.5 hours of sleep and back to my 8-5 job the next day, and the amazing Lov Gallery: Strong Words exhibit launch that evening. Lovely week. Lovely caffeine. lol. I had to write this mad experience down to remind myself nothing is impossible.
It was done last minute because the gallery informed me that there was a wall to fill a few days before the launch. And at the given time, I had completely no idea what to draw that was related to the theme “Strong Words”. Then, a day before the event, I thought, why not do a Nelson Mandela drawing since he spoke very Strong Words which inspired many, whom so happen to leave us only about a week ago.. I thought it would be a great tribute to him which for some coincidence had a lot to do with the exhibition’s theme. And so I decided to do an acrylic typography portrait of him (the typography part didn’t happen though). I went to get the canvas, without thinking whether I can actually do it or not because for one, I never did a 60x90cm canvas before, but I’ve painted on walls, so I imagined the size shouldn’t be a matter. Secondly, I never used acrylics… All I knew was, it is paint and it dries faster than oils, so, I thought, couldn’t be that hard, so I just winged it!
And so that night I happily tried my luck and challenged my limits. I was really satisfied with the results. Only, the next day, when the portrait was under the sunlight did I realize it needed more layers. However, that could wait because it’ll probably look fine indoors in the gallery. And so that’s the story of my first acrylic painting: a portrait of the late Nelson Mandela in one night. 

Thursday – 11pm
Wine and art, my favorite past-time combination



Close up

Up on the wall before the opening. Words written by Patsy Lam, the gallery’s adorable director
“Strong Words” launch. Great turnout, wonderful performances, amazing community

Artists doing their thing!
My two new friends
Talented duo! Got everyone clapping along to their music
Amazing picture taken by Michelle Ferreis, a super friendly and talented graphic designer!
The night was a blast. Got to meet tons of wonderful local artists. Looking forward to the next exhibition! Be sure to check Lov Gallery out next time any one of you are in Kuching!
The gym I’m going to requires us to have our own padlocks to lock our lockers. I forgot to bring one so I just bought one at the counter. To my horror, they only had these hideous golden-silver industrial padlocks. But it’s okay, everytime I’m encountered with such lemon situations, my mind gets prodded to make lemonade!
Using nail polish, markers and acrylic paint, I came up with these designs. My lock has a white nail polish base, and a colorful aztec pattern for the face. The key’s head is painted too (that was inspired by Michelle Phan)!
For the back of the padlock, I wanted to keep it simple. However, I have really really really itchy hands that I ended up dotting the whole face.
This is Steve’s lock. His lock is painted with acrylic paint, giving it a matte black surface. The details are done with nail polish. I followed the gym’s theme for his lock so that it has a more masculine feeling and goes with the place (and also because I liked it).

Splats of paint to go with the theme. Love it!
So don’t worry if you get ugly or plain or boring stuff. There are tons of ways to decorate and personalize them. You just gotta find the right tools and google for inspiration!
Here’s my boring gym bottle which I drew on with my silver Sharpie. See how I love self-customizing stuff?! *Wonders if this is a disorder*
Vintage purple one-stroke nail art
During my Chinese New Year shopping trip this year, I stopped by a manicure store in Pavilion which distributed O.P.I. nail polish. I never really thought much about spending so much on only one bottle of nail polish (one 15ml bottle of normal O.P.I. nail lacquer costs around RM59.90), but I just went in to have a look anyway. 
To my excitement, I spotted the O.P.I. mini collections, they were SO CUTE! The colors in each set was unique and came with quirky names too! Furthermore, tiny bottles meant less waste as most of my polish dry out before I could finish using them. I was totally sold. I picked up the ‘EURO Centrale’ set and the ‘Teal the Cows Come Home’ set, which to my further delight, the boyfie insisted to pay for. 😀
After more than 2 months, I finally took out the color, ‘You’re such a BudaPest’ from the EURO Centrale collection. The color is sort of a pastel purple as shown in the picture above. I seldom settle with  plain nails so I decided to practice the one-stroke nail art technique and created the white-yellow petals. Still trying really hard to get a hand of the technique. Turned out to look quite vintagey, hence the name.
Hope this inspires you nail art lovers out there! 🙂
Here’s the picture of it I put on Instagram